Investor Relations

The IoT Company Builder of Europe

Next Big Thing AG (NBT) is Europe’s premier startup incubator for the Internet of Things and Services (IoT) and Blockchain. As a company builder and operational VC, NBT acts at the nexus of a continually growing ecosystem of corporates, founders, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and politics. With our know-how in IoT, we are the touchpoint for innovation in Europe – enabling companies to realize disruptive innovation with exceptional speed.

Validation, realization, and market introduction.

Next Big Thing generates long-term value within 6 months through our innovative “Time Machine Approach” - ensuring added value, profitability, and scalability for ideas in high tech with well-defined business models, market size, and early cash flow. Compared to alternative innovation models, the company-building method reduces investment cost significantly. Our successful approach derives from a team of software and hardware experts, a unique Venture Design Process, and our priority access to a network of investors, startups, and high-tech providers.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy established the “Digital Hub Initiative” with 12 hubs in total. NBT represents the official IoT Hub for Germany, which broadens the scope of NBT and the technology segment overall.

As the leading driver of innovation in Germany, NBT offers the opportunity to develop your future digital business areas through joint venturing. With a joint IoT-venture, companies become part of NBT’s unique ecosystem.

You dream. We create.

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Harald Zapp

Founder and CEO

Harald Zapp is a serial tech entrepreneur, business angel, and IoT innovator with 25 years of experience in IT and the telecommunications industry. In 2016 he launched the Berlin-based IoT company builder, Next Big Thing AG. He founded leading IoT brand relayr and is a co-founder of an early NBT AG venture, weeve. Harald is also a member of the Bitkom board, promoting the IoT Hub Berlin in the context of the German Digital Hub Initiative.

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Michael-Maria Bommer

Founder and Member of Advisory Board

Michael-Maria Bommer has more than 25 years of expertise at the intersection of technology and sales in Germany, Europe, and the US. He has been an active founder and angel investor for over a decade. In 2012, he initiated relayr together with Harald Zapp and has since been part of several IoT-focused startups, including KoolZone. At NBT, Michael helps our ventures create their initial offering and value proposition as well as develop the early business case and presentation.

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Maik Käbisch

Founder and Chairman

Maik Käbisch worked for over 10 years in senior positions within Europe’s leading financial institutions, such as Credit Suisse. He was on the board of Döttinger/Straubinger AG, one of Germany’s largest independent asset managers. Currently Maik is actively serving on two supervisory boards and several advisory councils. He also acts as a managing director of a charitable foundation in Germany. As a business angel, he actively supports innovative high-growth enterprises. At NBT AG he is Founder and Chairman.

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Martin Buhl

CFO

Martin Buhl mentors ventures while providing financial guidance and business development for token economies. As Investment Director at Innogy Innovation Hub, he oversaw seed investments and conducted valuation, portfolio performance, network development, and evaluation of coin offerings. Martin specializes in topics of machine (AI & blockchain) and sharing economies, smart buildings, transportation, big data, IoT and cybersecurity. He served as Board Member and Advisor for energy, technology, and financial industry startups as well as Founder and CEO of GLOW.CAPITAL, connecting international entrepreneurs and VCs in Fintech and AI.

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Jasmin Skenderi

CTO

Jasmin Skenderi is a passionate technologist and device developer with over 12 years of experience in building hardware, firmware, and software solutions. After major projects for the aerospace and military industries, Jasmin pursued industrial and consumer device development. Now he leads the development of solutions for startups combining IoT and blockchain, where he sees the full potential to engage emotionally and conceptually. As CTO, Jasmin guides planning and strategy while supporting our ventures through end-to-end device development – from idea to market introduction. With hands-on mentorship, he advises the tech team on solutions for real-world problems.

NOVEMBER 2017
Harald Zapp Speaks at Club of Three
Club of Three is an initiative between several European states that brings together senior members of business, politics, academia and the media. The aim of the initiative is to provide an informal platform to discuss solutions to the greatest challenges faced by Europe. Our CEO, Harald, was invited to speak at one of their senior meetings to share his vision for the future of digitalization. Specific points of discussion were around how digitalization can better democratic debate and drive better policy decisions, how digitalization can provide new opportunities for regions and communities left behind, and how to make internet-connected devices safer. Harald's keynote was preceded by Nick Coleman - Global Head of Cyber Security Intelligence at IBM and Edie Lush - Executive Editor at Hub Culture and Former Chair of British American Project (BAP).
NOVEMBER 2017
Harald Speaks at the East German Economic Forum
Innovation competitions can present a great opportunity for startups to promote themselves and become recognised as leaders in their fields by respected awards bodies. Our smart building startup, Metr, were shortlisted from 74 startups to pitch their venture along with 19 others at the Degewo innovation competition "Smart Up The City 2017"0 at Telefónica BASECAMP. The competition, organised by Berlin’s leading housing association Degewo, aimed to reveal the greatest business models and technologies in the areas of real estate management, energy supply, building automation, mobility and communication. Ulrich Jursch, Managing Director of degewo netzWerk GmbH revealed that the ideas of all 20 selected start-ups are characterized by the convincing approaches that address an existing problem for housing construction companies. From the 20 startups selected to pitch, Metr have been selected as one of five finalists.
OCTOBER 2017
Celebrating 50 years of Berlin’s Partnership at TOA LA
To mark 50 years of partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles, TOA LA hosted an event in the Californian city to celebrate. The event was held to bring Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berlin closer together, driving innovation and cooperation between these world leading tech cities in the fields of technology, science, research and environmental protection. Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller said "By visiting Los Angeles, we not only want to bring Berlin’s attitude towards life to L.A., we also want to intensify and expand our strategic cooperation in the cultural and creative sector, in startups, technology, and science and research, and in climate and environmental protection." As a leading figure in the German tech scene, our CEO was invited to speak at TOA LA to present Next Big Thing AG, and what we are doing to accelerate the adoption of IoT throughout Europe.
SEPTEMBER 2017
Metr, Reach the Finals of the Degewo Innovation Competition
Innovation competitions can present a great opportunity for startups to promote themselves and become recognised as leaders in their fields by respected awards bodies. Our smart building startup, Metr, were shortlisted from 74 startups to pitch their venture along with 19 others at the Degewo innovation competition “Smart Up The City 2017” at Telefónica BASECAMP. The competition, organised by Berlin’s leading housing association Degewo, aimed to reveal the greatest business models and technologies in the areas of real estate management, energy supply, building automation, mobility and communication. Ulrich Jursch, Managing Director of degewo netzWerk GmbH revealed that the ideas of all 20 selected start-ups are characterized by the convincing approaches that address an existing problem for housing construction companies. From the 20 startups selected to pitch, Metr have been selected as one of five finalists.